In a lavish event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Durban, the Patron of SA Lifesaving was chosen to be Princess Charlene of Monaco. Lifesaving enthusiasts like the President of Lifesaving SA, Dylan Tommy and the President of the SA faction of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation Gavin Varejes attended the event.
Water Safety is Priority for the Princess
With over two decades spent in the water as an Olympic swimmer representing South Africa, being selected as the SA Lifesaving is a highly appropriate designation for Princess Charlene. As a young girl growing up in South Africa, she discovered that she loves the water and started swimming competitively. For 20 years Princess Charlene spent her days in swimming pools and eventually represented her home country at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. With water safety in mind the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation was started, and over 300,000 individuals across the globe have since been positively impacted by it. The foundation’s objective is to teach children basic water safety skills and to make people aware of the dangers of water.
Rescue Boards Donated by Gavin Varejes
As the President of the South African chapter of the Princess Charlene of Monaco, Gavin Varejes made the announcement that the foundation would donate 200 rescue boards to lifesaving clubs affiliated with Lifesaving SA. The substantial donation is one of many endorsements undertaken by Varejes who is known for his liberal contributions to South African sport and lifesaving. According to the businessman and former lifesaver the affiliation and goodwill between the two organisations will act as encouragement for different organisations to work together towards common goals. Corporate giants like the mobile phone network Cell C and Richmark Holdings share this sentiment and provide unprecedented backing.
Super surfer Barry Wolins and businessman Gavin Varejes have a few things in common. Both are from Durban and they are both crazy about surfing. Wolins and Varejes are also equally excited about the Goodwave Surfing event - and they are not the only ones to share this sentiment. Since February 2017 surfers and surfing fanatics have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of the date of the Goodwave Surfing Event. On this long-awaited day 32 South African surfers will take on epic waves at New Pier in Durban in a thrilling test of skills. Known as one of the top beach breaks in the world, New Pier is the ideal destination for an adrenaline fuelled day in the sunshine, in and out of the water.
A Prime Event on The SA Surfing Calendar
Goodwave is backed by the South African Surfing Legends and sanctioned by the World Surf League as a speciality event. The event is unlike any other surfing event. While most surfing competitions are held over several days, Goodwave is a single-day event. The date of the event is not pre-determined like other events, but is instead left completely up to the weather. From February onward weather professionals are consulted to determine the perfect day for the perfect one-day surfing competition. The idea is to select a day in which conditions predict big swells. As soon as the date is decided, the 32 surfers and 32 alternates will be asked to be there with only two days’ notice. With an impressive prize of R100,000, it is well worth the wait – and the short notice.
Gavin Varejes and Barry Wolins – Inspiring SA Surfers
Known for their firm support of the SA surfing scene, Barry Wolins was the person who originally started the event. Gavin Varejes, Executive Advisor of South African Surfing Legends (and a key figure with other legends) is known as an avid sports fan and is dedicated to promoting South African surfing.
Gavin Varejes is the CEO of Richmark Holdings LTD and the President of SARLA (South African Rugby Legends association)